Numatic Engineering has been leading the competition with our involvement in electronic motion control since the late1980’s. Beginning with programmable controllers, variable frequency and servo motors we branched into robotic controls in the late 1990’s. Robots are in essence multi-axis of servo motion control integrated into one device and controller for high precision and reliability. They are mechanically self-guided minimizing the need to design supporting mechanisms. Going with this advanced incorporated solution saves time and money during the design manufacturing of equipment. Robots have been commercially built for over 30 years and are commonplace in manufacturing. Numatic Engineering partners with Yamaha and Mitsubishi for some of the most reliable robotic products on the market today.
Numatic Engineering has been involved in the technology of machine vision sensors for over 10 years. Vision has become a reliable and cost efficient means of seeing or sensing products or processes during a manufacturing operation. The vision sensors can tell when a product or process is compromised and sends a message to the programmable controller to stop the operation, document/mark a product, or make adjustments on the fly.
Machine vision sensors can be utilized for a variety of industries and applications. For example, they can read beverage products sent through on an assembly belt to ensure date codes, liquid levels and caps are on every item. It also can view food items like a salmon on a conveyor line and cut off un-wanted meat (on the fly) with exact precision. Vision sensors are typically tied to the motion control system, alongside SCARA robots, servo motors and linear electric actuators or can be used as a stand alone device.
Benefits of Machine Vision Sensors:
Software is available for ease of programming the machine vision sensor. Engineers key into the software the quality control that is needed and the vision sensor does the rest. This process uses incredible high speeds and extreme precision. It improves the overall inspection process by inspecting each part and through the use of a PLC can produce production reports.
Many of Numatic Engineering’s world-class manufacturing partners are suppliers for First Robotics. The First Robotics mission is to inspire kids, ages 9-18, to become science, engineering and technology leaders. By building robotics as part of a team, kids are learning self-confidence, leadership and communication. Our First Robotics supplying companies include Bimba, SMC, 80/20 Inc. and Freelin-Wade. This program is essential to the motivation and advancement of our advancing technological future. There are many First Robotics teams competing in events across the United States that test their knowledge and skills against others.
With the cost decreasing, flexibility and reliability increasing, robotics has become one of the most efficient means in providing quality manufacturing solutions. Most Cartesian robots and SCARA robots from both Mitsubishi and Yamaha are offered in clean-room models.
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